I have just finished reading ‘Unleashing Demons’ by by Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s former spin doctor (Director of Politics and Communications to give him his official title, a position which he held from September 2011 until Cameron’s resignation in July 2016). It’s an insider’s story of the decision to call the ill-fated (and in my view irresponsible and divisive) referendum and other key moments, through to defeat and resignation. It may seem odd that I’ve read a book written by someone who is diametrically opposed to most of the things I believe in, but it’s fresh history, published just a few months after the victory for the leavers and there are many questions and deeper concerns posed by it, regardless of how you voted in the referendum. Continue reading Making the broadcasters raise their game
The NUJ ballot for strike action and action short of a strike at the BBC started this week. The ballot is in response to the BBC’s misnamed Delivering Quality First proposals which include axing thousands of jobs and programming cuts at the Corporation.
On 30 June, I was demonstrating outside the Department of Culture Media and Sport offices, just off Trafalgar Square in London. There was a general feeling that it was only a matter of time before Jeremy Hunt MP would waive through the takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation and we were there to tell whoever wanted to listen that the revised terms for the deal were not worth the paper they were written on.